The lobby is a beautiful rustic place to relax.Guest rooms are luxuriously appointed.Rocking chairs for relaxing on the porch.Enjoy an exquisite dinner in our gourmet restaurant.Fine furnishings and ambiance.Enjoy our beautiful spa and patio.The Esmeralda Inn in Chimney Rock, NC


"Quiet Setting overlooking the Broad River"

"We could see Chimney Rock from our porch."

"So close to Lake Lure!"

We'd like to introduce you to a few of the many great businesses in the Hickory Nut Gorge. Please take a moment to visit their websites!

Pat Grill - local artist

Pat Grill is a local artist and the Artist in Residence on the Oceania Cruis Lines Art Loft Program. Pat has been teaching art classes at Rumbling Bald Resort in Lake Lure for several years and showing her work at the J & W Gallery in New Hope, PA. Most recently, she has been selected to teach painting on the Oceania Cruise Lines' new crusing ships Marina and Riviera.

Pat has paintings in the main Lobby and Dining Room of The Esmeralda. You can see many of Pat's paintings on her website at


Coffee On The Rocks - Chimney Rock's Best Coffee Shop

Are you looking for the best cup of coffee in the Gorge? Here it is!    Not only is there great coffee here, but Old Tyme Photos as well. Plus, Sandy, Frank or their son Bruce are always around for some great conversation!



The Old Cider Mill - cider, apples and gifts

John and Joann offer fresh made cider in season. In addition to cider, they have 16 varieties of apples, homemade jams, relishes and other goodies. Joann makes all kinds of jewelry and fun and funky art pieces for your home. Stop in and see them. Be sure to check out their website at